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  • “As recently as five years ago,” Dr. Lazowska said, “if you were a social scientist interested in how social groups form, evolve and dissipate, you would hire 30 college freshmen for $10 an hour and interview them in a focus group.”

    “Today,” he added, “you have real-time access to the social structuring and restructuring of 100 million Facebook users.”

    The shift is giving rise to a computer science perspective, referred to as “computational thinking” by Jeannette M. Wing, assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.

    The New York Times, A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing, by John Markoff, December 14, 2009

    December 15, 2009